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Mosquitoes staying thick across the state

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When there is standing water, there is bound to be mosquitoes, and that’s especially the case this summer. “obviously we’ve had a lot of rain. Aberdeen has a lot of standing water, so aberdeen had a lot of mosquitoes early,” park superintendent mark hoven said.

Hoven said they started spraying for mosquitoes earlier than usual this year. They also have been paying a large amount of attention to mosquito traps. These traps are turned on every night. Carbon dioxide is sprayed into the trap, attracting mosquitoes. The bugs get stuck in the trap, and the next morning workers bring the bugs in for testing.

“as of last week, we had a flush of culex mosquitoes. These are culex tarsalis. They can carry the west nile virus,” hoven said.

According to the south dakota department of health, three cases of the west nile virus have been detected in the state this year. None of the cases have been in brown county, but that doesn’t mean city officials are not taking precautions.

“forty percent of the mosquitoes we are collecting right now are the culex, so we need to be more aggressive in our treatments,” hoven said.

Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are black and can be distinguished by white bands. Just because you see one of these does not mean it has the virus, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

“we try to reduce the possibilities of west nile in our communities and reduce the number of mosquitoes as much as possible, but there’s also personal responsibility. If you are out at night in the evening, you need to have deet on, you need to spray yourself. Cover up any open skin if you can,” hoven said.

Thursday night alleyways in aberdeen will be sprayed from 8 p.m. To 1 a. M.  

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